Eagle Fire Claims a Life

Very sad news from Junction City. Not the kind of update I wanted to post.

An 18-year-old federal firefighter struck by a tree died Friday evening while he was being airlifted from Trinity County to a Redding hospital.

Andrew Jackson Palmer, a firefighter from the Olympic National Park headquartered in Port Angeles, Wash., died while he was being transported for the emergency treatment of multiple injuries, said Mike Odle, spokesman for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Palmer suffered the injuries while he was working on the southwest flank of the Eagle Fire near Junction City, Odle said.

He died about 5:10 p.m. while en route to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Shasta County Deputy Coroner Mike Booth said.

“Each and every member of the firefighting community feels a tragedy of this type,” Shasta-Trinity National Forest Supervisor Sharon Heywood said. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Andrew, who selflessly served to protect,” she said.

The Trinity County coroner’s office will determine the cause of death, Booth said. The Forest Service and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have assembled an accident investigation board to report on Palmer’s death.

!Update!

The Panther Fire claimed the life of another firefighter Saturday. Read the story HERE.

For a look at the fires still burning click on the interactive fire map HERE. Looks like maybe more fires have kicked up west of I-5. (click the fire for info)

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